Toss that packaged Hamburger Helper full of processed, unhealthy ingredients and prepare this easy-to-make healthy hamburger helper – a hearty, rich meal that you can actually feel good about feeding the family.
Long gone are the days when Hamburger Helper was a preferred meal of the family. My mother was an excellent cook – still is, but like any busy mom she would resort to those quick-fix meals, ones that she knew my brother and I were sure to eat. Hamburger Helper was one of those meals, and we loved it. Nowadays? I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole, nor would I feed it to my kids. Over the years I’ve become more aware of the horrible additives and chemicals that are added to packaged foods, and I’ve also learned how unbelievably easy it is to follow a clean eating lifestyle. Consequently, I couldn’t fathom serving that processed junk to my kids. And they’re none the wiser. They’ve never tasted Hamburger Helper, that is, the processed one. This healthy hamburger healthy has quickly become one of the favourite meals and it makes an appearance on my recipe rotation at least a few times a month.
This one-pot meal is made with real ingredients, which means you can spare yourself the MSG, trans fat, and chemical laden food dyes when preparing it. All you need to prepare this hamburger helper is milk, cheese, flour, water, spices, pasta shells, and salt. That’s all folks. Simply gather these fridge and pantry staples, set aside about 20 minutes, and you have one of the creamiest, richest, pasta dishes that your kids will love. There a few different variations that you can make with this recipe to suit a variety of dietary restrictions. For example, you can substitute gluten free pasta and arrowroot powder for the pasta shells and flour, add a pant-based milk, or even swap the ground beef for crumbled tofu or tempeh. Either way you prepare it, in my opinion, it’s so much tastier, and of course healthier than the ‘real’ thing!